May 2014 faculty and student scholarship, awards, service activities, news, and updates for Academic Affairs offices and departments

May 7th, 2014 by Jennifer

Scholarship, Awards, Service, and News from Academic Affairs


  • Terry Downs has two prints accepted into a juried exhibition:  “Here by the Sea: Contemporary Art of the Piscataqua” sponsored by Historic New England.  The exhibit will be at the Sarah Orne Jewett House in South Berwick Maine from June 1- October 15, 2014
  • Thirteen students in Jayme Yahr’s Museum Studies II course curated two exhibitions in Plymouth between April and May. “Rules, Unruly, Rulers,” photographs of PSU and the campus community is on view at the Lamson Library Café and “I am a Hero” will be on view through the summer at the Mid-State Health Center. “I am a Hero” brings together 190 individual works of art that interpret the role of a hero in the 21st-century. Hero artworks were created by students in grades K-8 from California, Illinois, the Kingdom of Bahrain, and New Hampshire.
  • Kimberly Anderson Ritchie was invited to participate in a traveling print portfolio.  The portfolio, “Route 66 Westbound to Paradise,” will be exhibited in several locations including:  Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; California State University, Northridge, CA; Kansas State Art Institute, Kansas City, MO; Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX.  The portfolio is currently being exhibited in Lamson Library here at PSU.
  • Recent BFA Studio Printmaking graduate, Kristin Horan, was awarded an amazing offer at Indiana University Bloomington.  She will be attending graduate school in Indiana in the fall with full tuition covered (first-year),graduate teaching experience in the second and third year, and an opportunity to work under Professor Tracy Template with a stipend of $20,000 for the year.
  • PSU Printmaking Students participated in a postcard exchange with Iowa State University Print Society.  Students printed an edition of 12 “postcards” per artist, which were then individually mailed to Iowa State University.  In return their work will be shipped to 12 different people all over the world and they wi
  • ll receive 12 different “postcard” prints from national and international artists.  Their work will also be displayed in the postcard exhibition at Iowa State University.
  • Kathi Smith has been accepted to a highly competitive Artist Residency, through Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), in Brittany France, from May 24-July 12.  Here is a link with more information:
  • Congratulations and best wishes to Jay Moskowitz who will be retiring at the end of this semester.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Jason Cordeira worked with 5 meteorology students that presented in the Student Showcase of Excellence on April 25. Four juniors in the BS Meteorology Program, Ethan Scannell, TJ Palmer, Chaz Cole, and Shawn Handler, presented on “Panthers Weather Forecasting” and one sophomore in the BS Meteorology Program, Michael Clair, presented on the “Record Influence of Ocean-Effect Snow in Southern Maine.”
  • Marguerite Crowell and two chemistry undergraduate students visited third graders at Plymouth Elementary School during Earth Week.  Hands-on, water themed activities were done with the children, as part of the annual Chemists Celebrate Earth Day event.

Biological Sciences

  • Chris Chabot’s interview for his work on the biomedical bleeding of horseshoe crabs was aired on the National Public Radio’s “The Animal House” on April 11. (
  • Fred Prince has an article entitled “Where I Wanted to Be” published in the current edition of Gray’s Sporting Journal.
  • Mike Son was invited to speak to the Grade 5 class at Plymouth Elementary School on April 24 as an ongoing effort of STEM-related outreach. The students are preparing projects about yellow fever for their upcoming Academic Fair in June, and Mike’s presentation on communicable diseases coincided well.  The major theme of citizen science was not only discussed with the students but also demonstrated through a hands-on experiment with some of the students illustrating the effects of using hand sanitizer.

Career Services

  • This month we hosted a local employer on campus for our student mock interview day.  Students had the opportunity to practice an interview, receive immediate feedback from the employer, and then come back to meet with a career services member to review a digital video of the interview.
  • PSU students were invited to participate in the annual state-wide NHCUC Job Fair in Manchester where 80+ employers were in attendance. Two of our students won employer door prizes.
  • PSU alum BFA ‘01, Chris Nadeau, Senior Brand Designer with HASBRO in Providence, RI spent a day on campus, speaking to classes, providing portfolio feedback for Graphic Design class projects and conducting internship interviews for potential candidates at this summer.
  • Jim Kuras will be the 2014-2015 Chair of the NHCUC Career Services Managers group.  Jim presented to 25 middle school children as part of the annual Kids to College program.

Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities

  • Rebecca Busanich, along with co-authors R.J. Schinke, K.R. McGannon, K.R., and J. Watson, was  awarded the 2013 Outstanding Paper of the Year by the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research for their manuscript titled “Moving toward trust and partnership: An example of sport related community based participatory action research with aboriginal people and mainstream academics” published in that journal.

Center for the Environment

  • Ashley Hyde participated at the WIST (Women in Science & Tech) held at the WMCC on April 2. The forum introduces high school girls to women who are working in varied fields of science and technology. Through keynote addresses and panel discussion, the women talk to the girls about their fields of employment and share with them how they developed and pursued their interests.
  • Congratulations to Nadine Orejola who was recently awarded two research scholarships from the Geological Society of America. These funds will be used for laboratory and data analysis related to her thesis.
  • Jonathon Loos and Melanie Perello were recently awarded PSU’s Tethers Scholarship and Marrapese Scholarship respectively.
  • Graduate students in PSU’s Environmental Science and Policy program have a new blog where they post about their research, volunteer activities, and other aspects about the program. Visit the blog at:
  • Jamie Sydoriak and Melanie Perello volunteered as scribes for The Conservation Fund at a public meeting on April 16 in Holderness. For more information about their experience, read about it on the MS ESP student blog.
  • MS students in Environmental Science and Policy participated in PSU’s Student Showcase of Excellence:
    • Jamie Sydoriak – “Conserving Grassland Bird Habitat on Private Land in the Upper Valley.” Other Collaborators: Rosalind Renfrew, Pamela Hunt, Shannon Rogers, Len Reitsma, Faculty Sponsor: Len Reitsma
    • Micah Hall – “A Visual Approach to Generating Normative Standards of Quality for Two Squam Lake, New Hampshire Hiking Trails” Faculty Sponsor: Benoni Amsden
    • Jonathon Loos – “Flood Insurance Rates and Mitigation Ecosystem Services in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River.” Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Rogers
    • Jessica Wilhelm – “Meat Production, Processing and Market Demand in New Hampshire.” Other Researchers: Rachelle Lyons & Taylor Dillingham, Faculty Sponsor: Benoni Amsden
    • Melissa L. Leszek – “Using Community Based Social Marketing to Encourage Lead-Free Fishing Practices in New Hampshire Lakes and Rivers.” Faculty Sponsor: Brian W. Eisenhauer
    • Melanie Perello – “Determining relationships between past and current climate and water quality conditions in Ossipee Lake and Squam Lake, N.H. to establish lake functioning baselines and improve monitoring strategies (SRAC).” Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner
    • Nadine Orejola – “Characterizing Iceland Lake Sediments: Identification of Storm Surge And  Flooding Events In A Climate Sensitive Northern Latitude Lake.”  Other Collaborators: Lisa Doner, Brad Hubeny, Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner
    • Chelsea Berg – “Evaluating the Ecosystem Service of Nutrient Removal in a Coastal Watershed: A Case Study of New Hampshire’s Great Bay.” Faculty Sponsor: Shannon Rogers
    • Jessica Wilhelm – “A Spatial Analysis of the Impacts of Road Salt on Trace Metal Concentrations in New Hampshire Rivers.”  Faculty Sponsors: Mark Green, Kathleen Bush
    • Jennifer Bell – “Embryophyte Community Structure And Water Chemistry Relationships Across A Condition Gradient In Red Maple – Sphagnum Basin Swamps: A Working Proposal.”  Faculty Sponsor: Joe Boyer
    • Benjamin Bolaski – “Linkages between the North Atlantic Oscillation and watershed response from northwest Iceland lake sediments Student Researchers.”  Other Collaborators: Lisa Doner, Isla S Casteneda, Bradford Hubeny, Nadine Orejola; Faculty Sponsor: Lisa Doner
    • On March 26, a Science Cafe was held at Biederman’s Deli with guest speaker Roger Stevenson on the topic of Climate Change Communication. Shannon Rogers helped with the coordination of this event.
    • Joe Boyer served as a panel member for Plymouth Regional Leadership Academy meeting on Environmental Sustainability on April 9. On April 10, he participated in the Squam Summit Group meeting.
    • Shannon Rogers served as a technical reviewer for the forthcoming report by the Trust for Public Land “New Hampshire’s Return on Investment in Land Conservation.”
    • Students in Doug Earick’s “Introduction to Environmental Education and Interpretation” have been working with the Friends of the Pemi – Livermore Falls Chapter to develop a three-panel interpretive sign to be constructed at the new Livermore Falls State Park. The interpretive panels will focus on the unique history of Livermore Falls along with helping visitors orient themselves to the site. The panels are a culminating project in the course, offering an opportunity for students to apply skills and knowledge around educational interpretation in an authentic setting.
    • CFE participated in the PSU Earth Day event.
    • June Hammond Rowan and Joe Boyer recently became affiliates of the Museum of the White Mountains.
    • Joe Boyer has been asked to serve a 3-year term on NH SeaGrant Program Policy Advisory Committee. The PAC provides advice and oversight for all aspects of program management and operations. Members play a critical role in strategic planning, including determining program priorities in research, extension, education and communications. The PAC also guides the implementation of these priorities through its role in reviewing and advising the program on operational policies and practices.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The CRP’s Field Engagement Program saw a group of ten students from multiple departments visit a farm in Colebrook to learn about sustainable agriculture in the North Country. The students, led by Rachelle Lyons, spent the day installing a greenhouse, developing irrigation, and completing spring chores.
  • Ben Amsden and Mark Okrant participated as panel discussants at a recent Tourism Development Toolkit Series workshop hosted by the Route 3 Retrotour owners association. The workshop, held at Funspot in Weirs Beach, focused on collaborative marketing strategies for regional tourism destinations.
  • CRP students Taylor Dillingham (Social Science), Jess Wilhelm (ES&P), and Micah Hall (ES&P) presented posters in the Student Showcase of Excellence. Taylor and Jess presented their research on meat processing in New Hampshire, and Micah presented his thesis research describing standards of quality for hiking trails on Squam Lake.
  • Ben Amsden facilitated a discussion on “Canadian Visitors to New Hampshire” at the annual USFS frontliner training workshop at White Mountain Attractions in Lincoln.
  • Ben Amsden facilitated a discussion on “Rural Development Around National Parks and Forests” for a group of Russian national park directors hosted by the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.
  • The CRP is proud to announce the release of its first-ever annual report. To view the report, please visit our website or contact Marylynn Cote for a copy.
  • Rachelle Lyons and Marylynn Cote, in conjunction with the Plymouth State Office of Sustainability, organized a table serving “solar smoothies” at this year’s Common Ground Environmental Fair.
  • The CRP’s Occasional Visitor Series hosted Melissa Blindow of Land for Good, who spoke about agricultural conservation efforts throughout the region. The visit also included a showing of “Betting the Farm,” a film directed by Jason Mann and Cecily Pingree that documents the plight of rural dairy farmers.

College of Business Administration

  • Brad Allen, faculty advisor for Plymouth State’s American Marketing Association chapter (MAPS), is pleased to share the news that the chapter broke into the top 20 (#18) in the national rankings from over 351 national AMA collegiate chapters.  They fell one spot short of their goal to make a bronze level chapter, but the students are already talking about next year.  MAPS competed in more events than ever this year earning three major awards for fundraising, professional development, and membership.  To break into the top 20 of all collegiate chapters is a major accomplishment considering the competition from many of the nation’s largest business colleges in the country. Thank you all for your support over the past year. This national event is an exceptional opportunity for our students.  While at the event two students received formal job offers from solid companies. This the earliest that all MAPS seniors have job offers within their field of study in CoBA.
  • At the annual dinner of the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce on April 24 in the Welcome Center, Robert Nadeau was honored with the chamber’s most prestigious award – 2014 Chamber Champion – presented to a chamber member who “demonstrates extraordinary support to the chamber and its mission.”  Bob provides a series of brown bag luncheon seminars for local business owners/managers throughout the year, and he is a valuable partner for Scott Stephens in developing student projects that support the work of the chamber and provide great educational experiences for the students.
  • For the second year in a row, Robert Nadeau was published in a national publication, the Sales Education Foundations annual periodical which came out in April. This year, he wrote an article on how to develop and leverage an effective Linked-In profile.
  • Plymouth State Intramurals held a weightlifting completion in April and had a great turnout of athletes. Bob Nadeau (the oldest competitor) won the dead-lift event with 28 consecutive repetitions.   That’s Bob on the right!
  • The Enterprise Center @ Plymouthhas surpassed its 500th ECP seminar attendee as of April 23.  513 attendees have participated in 53 workshops and seminars since Oct. 15, 2013.  Therefore, they are averaging nearly ten people per program offering. Congratulations to Executive Director Michael Tentnowski and Kim Beardwood Smith, Program Manager, for coordinating, advertising, and providing the logistics for most of these events.

Communications and Media Studies

  • Cathie LeBlanc presented a paper, “Tabletop Games in General Education: An Example of Engaged Pedagogy”, at the Pop Culture Association Conference in Chicago on April 19.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Leo Sandy gave a workshop on “Helping Children of Incarcerated Parents” at the Kimball Jenkins Estate in Concord on April 14. The workshop was sponsored by the Family Connections Center of the Department of Corrections. The workshop was part of a series of events to raise public awareness about the needs of children whose parents are incarcerated.
  • Hridaya Hall, coauthored an article which was recently accepted for publication in Counselor Education and Supervision journal: “Evidence-Based Teaching in Higher Education: Application to Counselor Education.”
  • Gary Goodnough co-presented “Hot off the Press: 2014 ACA Code of Ethics” at the Annual Conference of the American Counseling Association in March. Gary has been part of a 12-person team working for three years to revise the Code of Ethics. It was approved in March and is now in effect. Gary also co-authored two book chapters in a recently published text book on School Counseling:  Goodnough, G.E., Perusse, R., & Erford, B.T. (2015). Developmental classroom guidance. In B. T. Erford (ed.) Transforming the school counseling profession (4th Ed., pp. 219-241), Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall; AND Lee, V. V. & Goodnough, G. E. (2015). Systemic, data-driven school counseling practice and programming for equity. In B. T. Erford (ed.) Transforming the school counseling profession (4th Ed., pp. 66-91).  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall.

Early Childhood Studies

  • Pat Cantor was a recipient of the Mary Stuart Gile Award at the NH Celebration of Early Childhood Professionals on April 8.  The Dr. Mary Stuart Gile Award is presented annually by the Bureau of Child Development of the NH Department of Health and Human Services to an individual or group who have promoted excellence in early learning through contributions to the professional development of future leaders.  This year, the award went to the members of the Task Force that developed the new NH Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Competencies.  This is the second time that Pat has been a recipient of the Gile Award.
  • Meagan Shedd presented on “Novel Navels: Using Fruits of the Week to Investigate Multiple Content Areas” at the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children Conference in Nashua, NH, on April 12.
  • The Early Childhood Studies Department held its Early Childhood Showcase event in the HUB on April 21, featuring workshop sessions by 16 seniors on a variety of topics.  This culminating event for early childhood majors, which is modeled after a professional conference, has been held every semester since 2003.


  • Ann McClellan presented two conference papers in April. The first, entitled “All that Matters is the WORK”: Adaptation and Appropriation in BBC Sherlock,” was presented at the New Directions in Sherlock Conference at University College London. The second, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers: BBC Sherlock and Real Person Fiction,” was presented at the 43rd annual Popular Culture Association conference in Chicago, IL.
  • Paul Rogalus’s collection of flash and microfiction, Electrified Skeletons, was published by Medulla Publishing. He also had an article entitled, “Adapting a Modern Cult Movie into a Neo-Shakespearean Play,” published in Intellect Ltd.’s Fan Phenomena book on The Big Lebowski.
  • Karolyn Kinane directed the 35th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum at Plymouth State University April 25-26. This year is the final year PSU will host the Forum. Next year, the Forum will be held at Keene State College.

Global Education Office

  • GEO welcomed visitors from Dalarna University in Sweden, one of our new exchange partners.  The visitors talked to classes and had an opportunity to meet many students, faculty, and staff.
  • We held our final academic year Study Away Open House with student panelists from all types of programs, including National Student Exchange, First-year Limerick Program, and our Exchange partner programs.
  • The Center for Global Engagement hosted a Global Coffee Hour and the Global Ambassadors presented a Culture Share with global trivia. The International Student Association held an electronic FIFA Soccer Tournament.  The Global Ambassadors completed a leadership training program and are ready to be mentors for our new incoming international students this fall.

Health and Human Performance

  • In April, Christian Bisson presented the results of a pilot study in Adventure Education at the 2014 North East Association for Experiential Education (AEE) Regional Conference. The title of his pilot research was: “Employers’ Attitude Toward Outdoor Education ePortfolios.” Five students studying Adventure Education also attended the conference held in Connecticut.
  • Lynn Johnson presented at the 2014 Society for Health and Physical Educators Convention (formerly AAHPERD) in St. Louis, MO.  The presentation title was “If you teach it, they will….”

History, Philosophy and Social Science Education

  • The Philosophy program has just received final approvals for a dramatic overhaul.  The revised Philosophy major and a new minor both emphasize Applied Ethics. Questions?  Please see Maria Sanders.
  • Maria Sanders’ Tuesday evening WPCR radio show, Philosophy4Life, has had eleven guests from all parts of campus. The program is attracting increasingly positive attention both on and off campus.  Please let her know if you are interested in being a guest.
  • Annette Holba published “In Defense of Leisure” in Communication Quarterly, 62(2), 179-192. She was also a guest on the Philosophy4Life radio show with Maria Sanders.  Her topic was “Leisure.”
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine was an outside reviewer for the history department of the University of New England in March.  She was the commentator on the panel “Intellectual Histories and Reinterpretations of Leaders in Early American History,” at the 2014 Spring New England Historical Association Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts, April 26. Additionally, she was a guest on the Philosophy4Life radio show with Maria Sanders.  Her topic was “Freedom and Liberty.”
  • Rebecca Noel has been elected Northeast Regional Chair of the Membership Committee of the Organization of American Historians, representing New York, New England, and Europe.  She also gave a paper, “Books for the Overbooked Body:  Ficino, Gratarolo, and Medical Thinking about the Frailty of Scholars,” at PSU’s Medieval and Renaissance Forum.

Lamson Library

  • Anne Jung-Mathew’s review, “The Museum of Intangible Things” by Wendy Wunder, was published in the March 2014 issue of School Library Journal.
  • Jen Green gave a poster presentation titled “Digital Librarianship from Afar: making international collaborations a reality” on March 13 at the Visual Resources Association Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

Languages and Linguistics

  • Katharine Harrington was a keynote speaker for the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s campus-wide Scholars’ Symposium on April 25.  She delivered a talk entitled “Speaking in Tongues: Language Diversity in the U.S. and Why it Should Matter to You.”

Museum of the White Mountains

  • Catherine Amidon and Lindsay Bolduc presented a paper on the Museum of the White Mountains and collection cataloging at the New Hampshire Library Association at the Mountain View Grand.
  • The Museum has now posted the first set of standards-based STEM educational packets on the website with the rest of the images, brochure and video for “Beyond Granite: The Geology of Adventure.”

Music, Theater and Dance

  • Beth Daily performed in an original production of “The Women at the Well,” poetry by Grace Bauer adapted for the stage which provides alternative versions of familiar Biblical stories.  Laconia’s Belknap Mill Society produced an April production and The Little Church Theatre in Holderness will remount the production in June.  The production was directed by theatre adjunct Sharon Paquette and other members of the ensemble including dance adjunct Lisa Travis and PSU theatre alum, Colleen (Rowland) Eliason.  Liz Ahl conducted a talk-back at one of the performances in Laconia.
  • Dan Perkins conducted 250 singers (including 40 PSU students and 6 alums) and the New England Symphonic Ensemble in a performance of Mack Wilberg’s “Requiem” at Carnegie Hall on April 20.  Auditioned singers from California, Texas, Iowa, Mississippi, and New Hampshire rehearsed with Perkins in NYC for three days prior to the performance.


  • John Kulig’s research on name perception, published by the British Journal of Social Psychology, is featured in a “60 second mind” podcast by Scientific American and can be heard at their podcast-episode web site.
  • John Kulig along with co-presenter Courtney Stein (Colby-Sawyer College) gave an invited address, “Publication Options in the New Millennium,” at the annual Academic Conference of the New Hampshire Psychological Society on April 5.
  • Angela Kilb took students Amanda Goodwin, Evan Kowalski, and Allison Jacques to the Eastern Psychology Association conference in Boston where they presented a poster entitled “Can Instructions At Test Cause A Shift In Encoding Strategy?”
  • Psychology major Allison Jacques gave an oral presentation at the New Hampshire Psychological Association conference in Durham, NH, entitled “The Effects of Power Posing on Overconfidence in a Memory Task.”
  • Brian Healy published a paper in Cognition, Brain & Behavior titled “A comparison of resting RSA vs. RSA suppression, anxiety and attentional control in the prediction of self-rated and performance based measures of executive function.” (March 2014)

Social Science

  • During the weekend of April 5-6, the sixth Model UN High School conference was held.  Filiz Otucu reports that it was “wonderful and very lively.”  Many positive comments from teachers, students and the keynote speaker were received.  On the 6th, five Model UN students and Filiz traveled to Helsinki, Finland to attend FINMUN (Finnish Model UN Conference). There were students from twenty different countries.  Filiz expressed great pride in the students accompanying her. During FINMUN, PSU students simulated the UN Security Council (UNSC) and Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM). They looked into issues of cyber security and girls in conflict.  Our student Sarah Gelotte (Social Studies Education) received the Position Paper award for her paper submission to SOCHUM.
  • Katherine Donahue worked with undergraduate Anthropology majors Bethany Cook, Thor Johnson, and Stephanie Treadwell on their posters for the Student Showcase of Excellence on an independent study with Donahue on the Silk Road (Cook), and on internships with Donahue cataloging all Paleoindian fluted points in NH (Johnson) and observations of handwashing behavior at Speare Hospital (Treadwell). Also, Dr. Donahue organized the six Social Science Colloquium talks for the 2013-2014 year.
  • Brian Eisenhauer and Matt Bartley (MS in ES&P 2013) worked together on a presentation by Matt Bartley on  “Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach: Possible Approaches to New Challenges” at the Utah Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Meeting in Price, Utah, in March, 2014. Brian also worked with graduating senior Samuel Durfee on his poster for the Showcase of Excellence on Local Food Security.
  • Brian Eisenhauer and his colleague at Illinois State University, Dr. Joan Brehm, received a grant from the US EPA and the Illinois EPA to conduct research to inform the development of a watershed plan. The project is entitled “Lake Bloomington & Evergreen Watershed Social Assessment for Watershed Planning” funded by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (ILEPA) and the EPA – $152,080, 2014-2015.   Also, Brian and the staff of the Office of Environmental Sustainability collaborated with the Social Science Department and others on campus for a very active Earth Week at PSU that included a speaker on permaculture and ecological home renovation, a film on the Northern Pass project co-sponsored by Common Ground, and the unveiling of our portable solar electric system for education/outreach at the campus Earth Fair and at Earth Jam.
  • Michelle Fistek attended the New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting in Woodstock, VT, on Saturday, April 26. Each year the Association covers politics in all of the New England states. Michelle presented a paper updating politics in New Hampshire. The paper investigates candidates, events and issues from the past year for the New England Roundtable.
  • Bryon Middlekauff organized, recruited papers, and gave his own paper in a session in honor of the career of his mentor in periglacial studies at Michigan State. Held in April, 2014, the Tampa meeting of the Association of American Geographers was attended by 6500 geographers from across the globe. Also he worked with Brittany Angelo, undergraduate Environmental Science and Policy student, who presented a poster “Applying Fieldwork Skills to Field Trips” in Tampa and at the PSU Student Showcase of Excellence.  Bryon also co-led two field trips for the AAG meeting.
  • Mark Okrant served on a panel, “Understanding the Canadian Market,” at the 2014 NH Governor’s Conference on Tourism, May 5.  He was also organizer, moderator, and presenter of “The Retrotour: Using Modern Marketing Ideas to Promote Traditional Businesses”.  At the Governor’s Conference there was also formal release of ‘Marks books,” A Last Resort” and “Murder at the Grands.”
  • Jason Paling, a Ph.D. candidate at SUNY Albany, gave a talk on “Examining the Origins of Mayan Ideology: A Case Study from K’o Guatemala” as part of the NH Archaeology Month presentations at Plymouth State.
  • Sheryl Shirley attended the New England Undergraduate Sociology Research Conference at Bridgewater State in April, where undergraduate Sociology major Jess Stever presented her senior capstone Women’s Studies research with Sheryl on gender identity and workplace discrimination.
  • David Starbuck was the featured banquet speaker at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association in Oneonta, NY, on April 12; his presentation was entitled “Fighting on the Frontier in America’s Colonial Wars” (an overview of Dr. Starbuck’s “greatest finds” at military sites over the past 30 years).  He also presented a public lecture (for Archaeology Month) at Canterbury Shaker Village on April 26, entitled “Shaker Archaeology: Always New, Always Exciting.”  David then was the featured speaker on “Coins Excavated at 18th-Century Military Sites” at the Annual Meeting of the Cooper’s Cave Coin Club on April 27 in Glens Falls, NY. He also organized the three NH Archaeology Month talks held at Plymouth State. The talks were presented by former Plymouth State student, now PhD candidate at the University of Auckland, NZ, Ben Davies on Australia’s Outback; WMNF Forest Archaeologist Jonathan Ruhan (survey work in Albany, ME), and Jason Paling (Anthropology) on Guatemalan archaeology.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin was interviewed for NH Public News Service on the implications for Social Security and Medicare of the budget bill recently enacted by the U.S. House.
  • Scott Meyer conducted a field instructor training, “The Impact of Medical Issues on Client Functioning Across the Lifespan”, for social work field instructors for the practicum.  




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